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Issue No.

November/December 2014

Village Voice
The newsletter of Bottesford, Easthorpe, Muston & Normanton

The Vale of Belvoir Out Of

School Club
........... held its second Summer Club this
August and again it was a huge success. On
offer was a variety of activities, including a
bouncy castle, wacky races, face painting and
graffiti art (as shown in the photo), a visit
from a bird of prey, and the children enjoyed
a BBQ. (No, not the bird). The club ran for
two weeks in the school holidays and was
attended by children from all round the Vale.
For details of the Out of School Club phone
01949 845006 or go to: www.voboosc.co.uk .

Party in the Park

In September, members of Bottesford Youth Council joined Bottesford Parish Councillors for a Party in the
Park to celebrate the completion of their playgrounds project. The celebration marked the end of more than
18 months of hard work, and The Youth Council was supported by Parish Councillors Anne Daly and Heather
Stokes, who helped with the grant applications.
The total cost of the new equipment was just
over 53,000. An application to WREN secured
County Councillor Byron Rhodes
helped the project to obtain a 6,000 grant from
Leicestershire County Councils SHIRE grant
scheme and the remainder came from the Parish
The Youth Council is a group of young people
aged 11 18, supported by LCC youth workers
and the Parish Council, who work on projects to
help make the parish a better place for young
people. They meet on Monday evenings at the
Old School. If you would like to join the Youth
Council, contact the Parish Council for more
information on 222478.

The future of Bottesford library

Leicestershire County Councils cabinet met in September to discuss the future of the countys Library
Service. The council agreed to ask for more information about how particular libraries were selected for
closure. They also asked for the amount of support to be provided for community partnerships to be
reconsidered. Full details can be found here:
The final decision will be made on 19th November. If you would like to discuss options for the future of the
library come to a meeting in the Old School Room (next to the library) on Wednesday 26th November at

Primary school
Here they are, 38 children
who have just started at
Bottesford Primary School.

We wish them every success in the


Preschool ipad

Bottesford Preschool came back from the

summer holidays to find their new iPad had arrived. The staff had some
quick training and the children didnt need any! The money to buy this
equipment was kindly donated by the Belvoir Lions after their successful
Casino Night.
It is hoped that the iPad
will prove an important
and successful means of
parents and providing
material to support
childrens learning.
Hopefully more iPads
will be purchased, after
fundraising, just for the

Junior Journalists
In 1994 Mrs Willis organised the production of The Junior Journal at the
Primary School. There were at least 14 junior journalists writing for the
edition printed each term. They produced items of school news, short
stories, poems and illustrations.
You know who you are let us know if any of you went on to become

The Vale of Belvoir Barn Owl Conservation Group

. is presenting a conservation evening on Friday 12th December at

Waltham on the Wolds Village Hall. Professor Ian Newton, Vice President
of the RSPB, will be giving an illustrated talk on the Sparrowhawk. Other
expert speakers will give talks on bat detectors, local peregrines and the
Grantham canal. Tickets are 6.
Contact: valebarnowls@hotmail.co.uk or phone 01949 844319.

20th anniversary of the refurbishment of the old school

The old primary school was refurbished in 1994 after a number of years
of standing empty. The redevelopment of the building meant a new
home for the library and a place for the Youth Club to meet. Alterations
to the former infants schoolroom, now known as the Fuller Room,
provided a venue for parish meetings and other village activities.

Commemorating the first casualties of the Great War

muffled bell ringing.
As part of the Bottesford Parish WW1 Centenary Project muffled bells will
be rung on Saturday 1st November at 12 noon at St Marys, Bottesford.
This community commemoration will mark the centenary of a muffled peal
rung in memory of the first casualties from the Parish in 1914.
Refreshments will be available in the Church from 11.30 1.00pm. Come
and learn about bell ringing in Bottesford. The belfry will be open to the
public and you will be able to have a go.

Bottesford Parish WW1 project People,

Community and Memory launch event
The official launch of this project was held in the Village Hall in
September. The projects volunteers were very pleased by the turnout
and would like to thank the speakers and helpers as well as both choirs
(U3A and the primary school) for their delightful singing, and the WI for
the lovely refreshments.
The group are keen to hear from
anyone who has any family
memories or memorabilia from
WW1 that they would like to
share with the project. For more
information go to the web site:
www.bottesfordhistory.org.uk or
look at our Facebook page or
Twitter feed (@BottesfordWW1).
Or ring David Middeton on

The British Legion has requested knitted
poppies, which will be on sale for 2 each, at
the same time as the ordinary poppies.
Marian Johnson of the Methodist church
coordinated the appeal locally and thanks
everyone for their sterling efforts.
Eighty-one poppies have been knitted at the
time of writing.

St Marys Churchyard Survey

Thanks to the efforts of many
volunteers under the guidance of
Laura Marsh and John Topps and the
financial support of the Norris family
and Friends of St Marys, there is now
an accurate and definitive record of the
memorials and grave-spaces in our
churchyard. Starting from a detailed GPS map, the memorial inscriptions
and details of known, unmarked graves have been added to create a
computer-based file to assist genealogical research and for allocation of
spaces for future burials.
A master copy, in a smart leather binder, was formally dedicated to
Mr Ian Norris, due to his long-standing association with the churchyard,
at a service at St Marys. That same day, a couple visiting from Canada
were able to locate the grave of an ancestor and the record is now
readily available for all visitors to the church.

Village Voice Photographic

Competition 2014
Heritage is the theme for the second
photography competition run by Village Voice
and judged by local professional
photographer Mark Pugh.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners in each of
the three age categories: under 11s, 11 18, and
over 18s.The following rules apply:

All photos must be submitted as

digital photographs only.

Photos can be taken with cameras, ipads

and mobile phones.

The photographs will be judged on their own

merit, and not on the kind of camera used.

Entries limited to three photographs per


Entries to be received no later than midnight

29th November 2014.

Prize winners will receive a gift voucher.

Horticultural Show report 2014

We attracted 482 entries from 73 exhibitors, down on
last year by about 100 entries in a year of exceptionally
dry summer weather. Still the class of exhibits was
good and the overall show busy with villagers and
outside exhibitors keen to view the results of the
judges deliberations. Several new faces this year give
hope that we shall see a continuation of new exhibitors
for our next show in September 2015.
The major trophies and awards were presented by
Councillor Pru Chandler after she had thanked those
involved for putting together an excellent show, and
said she hoped that we would see more entries,
especially in the childrens classes, next time.

Entries to be emailed
to vvphotocomp@markpugh.comand and
to vv@bottesford.org.uk along with your name,
age, contact telephone number, name of your
photograph and a brief background about the
Please note that Copyright remains with you, the
photographer. However, all entries may be used
by the Village Voice for promotional purposes.
Entering the competition signifies your agreement
to this.
Model Release Forms will need to be signed by the
parents/guardians of any children featured in
photographs that are published and VV will take
the necessary steps to make arrangements for this
where appropriate.

Master gardener If you fancy growing

your own fruit and vegetables and would like
free help and support, then contact our local
volunteer Master Gardener Joyce Slater on
842758 for advice or support. For more details
see www.mastergardeners.org.uk

Village Voice Horticultural Show prize winner

Sheena Colton

The Village Guide 2015/16

The team that brings you the Village Voice also produces The Village Guide which aims to provide
information on all local clubs and groups every two years and is loaded onto the village web site http://bottesford.org.uk/resources/v-guide-2013_14.pdf
The next edition is due out in Spring 2015, so to make sure your group is included please get in touch
contact details are on page 8.

New Methodist Minister: The Reverend Ian Mason
Ian was born and grew up near Bury in Lancashire. He met his wife
Irene when they were still teenagers and they married in 1961
whilst Ian was training for the ministry. They have three adult
children, Robert, Susan and David (all married) and two
grandchildren, Ben and Sarah.
After ordination in 1966, Ian has ministered in many places - North
Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, Scotland, Cumbria,
Staffordshire and Leicestershire. He
retired in 2010 to Wollaton,
Nottingham, but has been called out
of retirement to serve here in
Bottesford (with Great Gonerby and
Skillington) for one year until a
longer-term minister can be
Ian and Irene already feel very
settled in Bottesford and say they
have been made most welcome.
They regard it is a privilege and a
pleasure to minister in this beautiful
part of England and in this lovely
and friendly village.

Kathy Fisher local author

Kathy Fisher has been writing since she was a child and kept a diary for
many years. She always hoped to have something published and with
the support of members of the U3A
writers group (which no longer meets)
she submitted an article to a national
magazine. She was thrilled when the
article was published in 2006 and has had
further success since then, with more
than 18 pieces being accepted for
publication. Kathy feels very satisfied
with what she has done and hopes to
write more stories in the future.
Kathys latest venture was to work with
her family to publish a book A Sprinkling
of Memories. Sales of the book raised
700 for the Hospice and for Cancer
Research UK.

Callum Jones, from Bottesford, recently won a gold medal at the

Henley Royal Regatta. He and his crew members were representing
Brookes University Oxford in the Temple Challenge Cup.
Congratulations Callum.

Junior cricket talent.

Lyndon Jones of Muston represented the

English Cricket Board Midlands under-15 squad in the Bunbury Festival in
the summer. Lyndon, a pupil at Oakham School, plays for Belvoir CCs
first XI and has also captained his Nottinghamshire County Age Group
squad for five years. Well done Lyndon.

Whats On in November...
Sun 2nd 3pm
Sun 2


St Mary's Church. All Souls' Service


VoB Ramblers, Long Clawson, Leics. 5 miles, easy walk in The Vale. Call
01949 836042 for a free Vale of Belvoir Ramblers programme.

Weds 5th Gates open

6.15pm for 7pm

Vale of Belvoir Lions Firework display. The late William Roberts's paddock,
Devon Lane. Admission see posters. Food and Drinks available.

Weds 5th and 19th

12 noon to 1pm.

Lite-Bite lunch group, at the Methodist school room. Everyone is welcome.

And first and third Wednesday Nov & Dec. Contact - Irene Pacey 01949

Sun 9th 10.30am

Service of Remembrance - St Mary's Church.

Mon 10th 7.15pm

Parish Council meeting. Fuller Room.

Tues 11th 2pm

U3A, 'The Great War/Shattered Illusions' Danny Wells - VC Hall.

Thurs 13th 2.30pm

Methodist Friendship Group AGM, Chapel Schoolroom. Refreshments


Thurs 13th 7.30pm

Local History Society. 'War & Family History'. Speaker Bill Pinfold.
Fuller Room.

Sun 16th 2.00 for


East Midland Orchid Society, VC Hall. Peter White - commercial orchid

growing. Complimentary refreshments. All welcome. Mike Armstrong

Tues 18th 7.15pm

Neighbourhood Plan meeting. Fuller Room

Tues 18th 7.30pm

W.I. 'Ladies in Pigs (cooking)' Mary Ibbotson. VC Hall

Weds 19th 2pm


Police Beat Surgery at Zaro's, Queen Street. Discuss your concerns and
have your say with our beat officer.

Fri 21st 7 - 9pm

Scout & Guide Centre, Albert Street. Re-union/reminiscing night. Were

you a Brownie or Guide in the village? Please come to a reunion with
fellow grown-up Brownies and Guides plus the leaders for a glass of wine
and nibbles. Please bring any memorabilia, plus a friend, especially if they
didnt belong to Guiding, for a trip down memory lane.
Contact Adelle Glossop 01476 870548 for any further details.

Sat 22th 10am - 2pm

Christmas Fayre, The Old School, MUSTON.

Sun 23rd All day walk.

VoB Ramblers. Bardney, Lincs, 8.5 miles. Historic walk past 2 abbeys and
ancient limewoods. Check out http://vbrambler01.blogspot.co.uk/ .

Thurs 27th 2.30pm

Methodist Friendship Group, Chapel Schoolroom. Speaker, John Eagles.

Refreshments. Contact Glenys Bradshaw, 842893.

Sat 29th and Sun 30th

10.00am to 4.00pm

Vale of Belvoir Art Society present their Christmas Exhibition in the Fuller
Rooms. Christmas treats including Mulled Wine and Biscuits. Great
variety of quality art available for people to buy. Treat someone.

Sun 30th 11am

Bottesford Toy Run by Triumph Owners MCC at The Red Lion, to Meres
Leisure Centre Grantham, then Melton. All motorcyclists welcome bring
a toy (new or nearly new). John Bartlett: 01780 762531 - 07790583082

And in December..
Mon 8th 7.15pm

Tues 9 2pm

Vale of Belvoir U3A.. Christmas Party. VC Hall.

Thurs 11th 2.30pm

Methodist Friendship Group Carol Service, Methodist Church, Devon Lane,

will be decorated on a theme of 'Christmas Carols'. A very warm welcome
to all. Refreshments will follow the service. Details from Glenys
Bradshaw, 01949 842893.

Thurs 11th 7.30pm

Local History Society. Fuller Room. Christmas Party


Sat 13 7.30pm

Hatfield Colliery Brass Band Christmas Concert at St Mary's.

Sun 14th 10.00am

Vale of Belvoir Ramblers. Caythorpe. along the Lincs cliff edge to

Normanton (Lincs) 5 miles. 01949 836042 for a free Ramblers programme,
or see www.ramblers.org.uk,

Mon 15th 4pm

Carol service at St John The Baptist, MUSTON.

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Parish Council meeting. Fuller Room.

Tues 16th 7.30pm

W.I. - Christmas Party, with the Farendune Players. VC Hall.

Weds 17th. 2 3.30pm

Police Beat Surgery at Zaro's, Queen Street.

Sun 21st 2.00 for


East Midland Orchid Society. Club Luncheon (pre-booking essential)

followed by the Plant Auction. VC Hall

Sun 21st 6.30pm

Christmas Carols by Candlelight in St Mary's Church.


Weds 24 4pm
and at 11.30pm

Crib Service at St Mary's.

Midnight Mass

Fri 26th 11am

Boxing Day - Duck Race - Mulled Wine and Mince Pies served in St Mary's

Important: To publicise your event in the Whats On column for January or February,
please email t.taffs@btinternet.com, or ring 844823, by 20 th November.

Here to offer a helping hand The Bottesford Parish

Good Neighbour Scheme is here to help everyone. So,
whether youre a new mum struggling to keep all the balls in
the air, or youre recovering from illness or surgery and find
yourself temporarily out of action, were here to help!
Please call 07849 311740.

Shire Grants

Leicestershire County Council has launched its new grant

scheme, the Your SHIRE Community Grant for local groups. Further details
about the scheme and who can apply were announced at a support workshop at
Melton BC on 8 October, and at www.leicestershireforums.org.

Bottesford goes to the movies

The Parish Council and the Good

Neighbour Scheme, are holding a free film event on 12th November at 2pm. The
terms of the licence mean that we can only advertise the name of the film at the
Old School itself, so look out for posters in the window!


In our last
issue we mentioned
group of local ladies
- Bottesford Appeal
Unit. Here they are
in action - and do
Left to right:
Janet Staples, /?/, Sheila Jones, Sue Nickson, /?/, Chris Garden,
Isobel Panter, /?/
Neighbourhood Watch update
Residents may be aware that John Palmer
recently stood down from his position as Area Co-ordinator for Normanton due
to ill health. John was one of the original founders of our NHW scheme and has
given us many years of committed service. I'm sure all residents in the Parish,
not just in Normanton, will join me in thanking John for his considerable
contribution to our cause. We will miss that greatly but I am pleased to inform
you that Normanton resident Shirley Hennessy has volunteered to fill the
vacancy left by John Palmers retirement. I know that Shirley is looking forward
to supporting the community in Normanton and the wider Parish. Shirley can be
contacted on 01949 842055.
If you wish to receive the regular updates sent out by me, John Shilton,
the Parish Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, contact me at
Johns@BottesfordParishNHW.org.uk , or tel: 07725636626.

Brownie letter
Hooray. I have found a leader who saw the article in VV and an assistant
through word of mouth and she was also a Brownie herself in Bottesford in the
same unit. Lucy Smith will be the leader and Tracey Kirkby the assistant, once
all the paperwork is in place and some initial training delivered 2nd Bottesford
will be fired up again on October 1st. Thank you everyone for helping out with
this and for such a great front page!!!

Christmas Quiz
The Methodist Church Christmas Quiz will be on sale in
the Chapel schoolroom and various outlets from December 1st. Each quiz sheet
costs 1 and the proceeds will go to Dove Cottage hospice.
The Leicestershire Advice Service for Social Care

The need
to access social care services is often something very new to families and it can
be a daunting prospect trying to find out what help, support, activities, etc., are
available and how to access them. The Leicestershire Advice Service team can
help by carrying out research for residents.
Contact them on 0116 2229555.

Neil Smith & Dad

Plumbing & Heating

Bottesford Juniors FC

With the new 2014/2015 football season

underway, Bottesford Juniors FC is looking forward to another successful
year as the club progresses both on and off the field. The club is thriving
with teams at most age groups up to under-17 and plans to improve
the facilities at the clubs ground
are well underway. Under-9s coach
Leon Gustard said: As their coach,
I am immensely proud of them all.
The emphasis is on team spirit and
fun. The matches were always
greeted with enthusiasm by the
boys regardless of the weather!

Bottesford CC under-15s side crowned winners of the

Newark Colts Youth League 2014. They won all seven matches

this season and in their last game needed to beat Burton Joyce to be
crowned champions. The group of Bottesford players have been
together for five years and became champions in this their final year.

Cricket Club Open Day

August the Bottesford Cricket Club
Open Day, held in conjunction with
Destination Bottesford, was a
great success. On the cricket field,
a Kwik Cricket tournament for
juniors was followed by a
supporters of the club who dont usually play cricket. Unfortunately,
heavy evening rain later curtailed a planned senior 20-over game. The
damp weather made particularly important the valiant efforts of Godfrey
Sutton on the barbecue and Eileen Ross and her indefatigable team who
provided refreshments and a wide range of delicious home-made cakes
from the kitchen. With raffle proceeds and sponsorship from Waitrose,
the day raised over 1000 for club funds. The Cricket Club also took the
opportunity to launch a consultation exercise on its future development
and plans to hold a similar Open Day next year.
Bottesford Football Club enters the twitter
Bottesford Football club has acquired a new Twitter
account and the club wants you to follow it! So if you
are a twitter user please follow @bottesfordFC for all
the latest news from your football club!
Village Voice Contacts
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Editorial: Dilys Shepherd on 843505 or Susan Meech on 843402
Deadline for January/February Edition (Issue 75): 20th November.
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may arise from them. Views expressed in the Village Voice do not necessarily
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